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Dooley's Jim Stockdale Analogy

I haven't seen this discussed here, but, as great as some of his others have been, Dooley's Jim Stockdale analogy is the best he's had so far. 

This was before my time, so I need his explanation. Stockdale was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and when asked how he survived, he said that the people who died were the optimists. They said they'd be out by Christmas, then they weren't. Then they said they'd be out by Easter, and they weren't. Then they said they'd be out by summer, and they weren't. They got their spirit crushed because they were constantly expecting good things to happen. Eventually, they just lay down and died. Stockdale was there eight years, and he survived. He never lost faith that he was going to get out, but he didn't set optimistic timelines and set himself up for disappointment. 

If this isn't exactly what our team and fan base needs to hear, I don't know what is. His message to the team (and indirectly to the fans) is that we should have 100% confidence that we'll be back to where Tennessee should be. We should keep pushing towards the end game every day. But also realize that we have a difficult road to climb, and not get our spirits broken when we inevitably have some failures along the way. Basically, it's just a really nice way of saying "process," but I thought it was a wonderful way of saying that, and that it was worth sharing. 

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